22 September, 2015

Creating Space With Routines

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Around here we are easing back into the school year rhythm. It’s the fourth week of school, and I think all the wheels are turning smoothly now. Case in point: This morning Kieran was able to get up, eat breakfast, get dressed and be ready to go in only 30 minutes. Usually he has an hour in the morning for all this, but between waking a bit late, and having to leave earlier, we needed to rush. Amazingly no yelling was involved.


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I credit this to little systems I’ve been implementing over the last year or so.  Routines and systems (and my planner!) saved my life and help me to really be as slow and calm as I aspire to. They also mean that this year we can introduce additional activities, not just for Kieran but for Lucas and I too.


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K will be taking a music class, and an art class. I’ll be doing an art class too! And Lucas will be playing music twice a week.

Being organised enough to make all this work, especially with only one car, was something that seemed impossible to me even just one year ago. But because we’ve worked on standard routines, things like meal planning every week, having set days for grocery shopping and chores, we now have the space to fit in extras.


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But not too many! After all I’m still all about the slow living, with lost of space for free, independent play time. For all of us.


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[bctt tweet=”I really believe that routines & systems allow more space into our lives for organised activities, and spontaneous fun.”]

How do you use routines?


  • Cate Brickell

    Because we still have a little one here, we don’t have many more routines than walking to school, meal planning and grocery shopping. But as she moves off to daycare next year, I’m hoping for a little bit more routine in our week, if not our days.

    • I remember those days when Kieran was little. 🙂 Those were pretty much our routines back then too, plus a fixed bedtime routine.

  • Natalia

    I’m always telling myself that I need to create some routines to make life run more smoothly but then…I never sit down to consciously create any! You’ve inspired me to do just that, especially now that I have a little one in preschool a couple of days a week!

    • Yes! When my son started to go to daycare/pre-school was when I was able to add in more consistent routines than just meal planning and his daily routines like bedtime. It’s a great time to start!

  • Grace Howes

    Routines save my sanity…even though my youngest is now a whopping 14 yrs old, it’s still easier days with routines in our schedule. And, we’ve finally jumped on the weekly meal planning bandwagon. Oh my gosh it makes meal time so much easier, especially on those busier evenings.